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Conviction Overturned

An Iowa Appeals Court ruled the mental health history of a murdered Dubuque woman should have been allowed at the trial of her former boyfriend. The court cited that as its main reason to overturn the second-degree murder conviction of Fontae Buelow on Wednesday. Buelow was serving a 50-year prison sentence after his conviction in January 2018. Prosecutors say Buelow stabbed Samantha Link to death during a fight at a home on Kane Street in Dubuque in March 2017 after the two had returned from a night out at area bars. Buelow’s attorneys claim Link stabbed herself twice in the chest during the argument. In its ruling, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled the evidence had important relevance to determining how Link died and whether Buelow had killed her and should have been allowed at trial. Buelow’s case will now go back to district court for a new trial. However, Link’s family plans to appeal this court’s decision.

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